Tara Carlisle and Ana Krahmer will provide a presentation on the many benefits of contributing historical materials from individual collection to The Portal to Texas History, including how the University of North Texas libraries, which administers The Portal to Texas History, provides preservation, digitization and potential funding opportunities for partner groups wanting to preserve their delicate historical and cultural content. The presentation will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, at the Boyce Ditto Public Library meeting room. The Boyce Ditto archival and digitization committee has been in collaboration with UNT for the past seven years, working on preservation of written and photographic material. The committee has recently starting working on a newspaper and school annual digitization/preservation project. Newspapers, newsletter, magazines, annuals, etc. are more important for their written information than as an artifact. The paper used for these items is not of a quality that lends itself to preservation. Digitizing is a medium that will allow for preservation of the historical information for generations to come. Communities and individuals from across Texas, representing historical societies, museums, libraries, colleges and universities, and private collectors, have contributed more than 300,000 Texas history materials to project.

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